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Python Thermal Printing: A Comprehensive Guide for Printing on Thermal Printers

In this tutorial, we’ll explore how to effortlessly print receipts, invoices, and tickets on a thermal printer using Python. I’ll introduce you to a powerful plugin that I’ve developed, enabling seamless integration for Python-based applications.

With this plugin, you’ll gain the ability to effortlessly print tickets from Python, regardless of your preferred framework—whether it’s the terminal, Flask, Tkinter, Django, or any other Python-supported platform.

It provides extensive functionality, allowing you to print images, barcodes, text with accents, change fonts, rotate text, and much more, sending the ESC POS commands native to thermal printers.

Join me as we dive into the world of thermal printing using Python, empowering you to generate professional-quality prints effortlessly.


Image printing on Thermal printer

When printing receipts on thermal printers (ESC POS) sometimes it is needed to print images of any type, for example, to print the customer’s logo and so on.

Image printing in thermal printer receipt

Image printing in thermal printer receipt

In this post I will show you how to print any kind of images: you will be able to print local images, base64 images and internet images.

Please note that we will print images on thermal printer by using JavaScript, but once you learn how to do it with JS you will be able to do it from another programming languages.


Print diacritic text in thermal printer – ESC POS commands

In this post I will show you how to print spanish text, text with accents or ñ letters on a thermal printer. I have been searching for this for a long time and now I want to share it.

Printing spanish text or diacritict text is necessary because sometimes the customer’s names or data contains some chars out of the ASCII range.

I will show you how to do this with JavaScript directly from the browser, but once you understand it, you will be able to print from any programming language.


Free restaurant software

Today, I’m adding to the list of my free programs a software for managing restaurants. This program will allow you to register tables, payment methods, dishes (with photos), modify the currency, language, generate a printable menu, view the order, and even allow self-service for customers.

Moreover, the free restaurant system I’ve created is compatible with Android (Termux), Windows, Linux, and Raspberry Pi. In fact, it is compatible with any platform where C and Go can compile, including an internet server.

Throughout this post, I will show you all the features of this program, which is the largest one I’ve created so far, not because of its complexity but because of all the new things it offers, such as the installer, the multilingual section (with choice of locale and currency), ticket customization, logo, and dasboard.


Send bytes to thermal printer with C# and ESC POS

In this article I will show you how to use native C# to open a thermal printer as a file and send it bytes or data including ESC POS commands.

Remember that I already have a plugin that allows you to print on thermal printers and exposes a consumable HTTP API from any programming language so that you can use it and not implement your own library, but if you want to see how it’s done, keep reading.


Fix: Error en el servidor: sql: no rows in result set when using thermal printer plugin

In this post I will show you how to fix an error that appears in my thermal printer plugin that says: Error en el servidor: sql: no rows in result set.

This error says that there are no rows in the database, and you may be wondering what printing has to do with a database, so that is exactly what I will discuss in this post.


How to print QR codes on Thermal printer

Summary: In this post I will show you how to print readable QR codes on a thermal printer (also called ticket printer, pos printer, etc.) using JavaScript and a plugin.

If you have followed my posts, you will know that a long time ago I developed a plugin and I have added new features, until today we print QR codes on a thermal printer.

Some time ago I showed you how to print a ticket /receipt directly from browser, today we will use it to print a QR code.